Health in 2016: a cheat sheet on hospitals, Medicare and insurance

Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute

We start 2016 as we started 2015 – with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.

The healthcare headaches in 2016 are, in fact, the same ones we faced a decade ago, albeit different in severity and symptoms. They include population growth, ageing and the rise of chronic disease; inequality in access to care and health